We make use of a previous well-tested Galactic model, but describing the observational behaviour of the various stellar components in terms of suitable assumptions on their evolutionary status. In this way we are able to predict the expected distribution of Galactic white dwarfs (WDs), with results which appear in rather good agreement with recent estimates of the local WD luminosity function. The predicted occurrence of WDs in deep observations of selected Galactic fields is presented, and we discuss the role played by WDs in star counts. The effects on the theoretical predictions of different white dwarf evolutionary models, ages, initial mass functions and relations between progenitor mass and WD mass are also discussed.
|Autori:||Castellani V; Cignoni M; Degl'Innocenti S; Petroni S; Prada Moroni P|
|Titolo:||Galactic models and white dwarf populations|
|Anno del prodotto:||2002|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1046/j.1365-8711.2002.05461.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|